Motorcyclists are a frequent sight on the Florida roads, but there are fundamental dangers that riders face. Drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks may not pay strict attention, be under the influence or behave recklessly, putting motorcyclists in jeopardy. It is important to understand the circumstances under which collisions might occur in order to curb the chance of a crash.
Lane splitting can be treacherous
Drivers and motorcyclists are likely familiar with the tendency of some riders to cut between vehicles in traffic, especially in slow traffic. This is referred to as lane splitting. There is debate as to how it should be addressed. It is banned in 49 of the 50 states with California being the sole exception, but some riders do it anyway. The idea of a rider going between vehicles might sound like a benefit of being on a motorcycle and completing maneuvers that will reduce wait time, but there are potential problems that can result.
The statistics as to how many people are injured or lose their lives in a motorcycle accident because of lane splitting are unclear. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it might not cause a significant increase in motorcycle accidents. Even with the lack of concrete numbers, lane splitting might lead to an accident due to drivers not seeing the rider, riders cutting it too close or drivers engaging in an altercation from road rage.
There are options after motorcycle accidents
Drivers are told to be cognizant of motorcycles. Riders are advised to maintain proper safety practices. Despite that, motorcyclists are naturally more vulnerable than passenger car drivers due to the absence of extensive protection. Various forms of personal injury including brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, lost limbs and more can result from motorcycle crashes. Having experienced legal assistance might be needed to cover for medical costs, lost income, aftercare and other expenses.